A former lieutenant with the Marco Island Police Department, who is currently serving in a civilian position, received a final warning after internal investigators say he sent inappropriate photos of himself to a female subordinate.
Pete Beucler will also receive additional sexual harassment training.
Beucler retired from his lieutenant position immediately after being confronted about the photos, which officials learned about via an anonymous tip, according to Assistant Chief Dave Baer. Beucler is accused of sending at least three images to the woman, Baer said in a news release.
Upon his retirement, Beucler surrendered his rank, authority and superior officer pay, which would have been his punishment had he not retired, Baer said.
The woman who received the photos said she consulted another officer, who sought advice from ranking member Lt. Matt Goetz. Officials said Goetz's failure to report the incident was a policy violation. Goetz has since retired and transitioned into an unpaid reserve police officer position, the news release said.
Beucler has since been rehired by the city as a civilian member with no authority over the female officer, a news release said.
Beucler returned to the police department as a senior community services officer, who will work in code compliance and community service functions, Chief Don Hunter announced in August. In addition to being retrained in sexual harassment policies, Beucler is to be "reviewed for clearance" and relocated to an office where he will not run into the female officer, according to a news release.